- Jul 2, 2018
I'm not hating on Crash Bandicoot as he is currently my most wanted 3rd Party Character now that Banjo-Kazooie got in and probably most wanted overall and really hope he some how makes it into one of those last 2 remaining DLC spots.Every character is a corporation pick. Corporations make the game. Joker got in because his game was a genuinely popular game, albeit a flavor of the month game. He did not need bandwagonning
If a character is LEGITIMATELY popular then that inherently gives them Smash Brothers appeal. That's more important then all 4 people that cried for a decade over some extremely niche character. Crash is a HUGE icon in all of gaming. He transcends platform. Nintendo fans ADORE him and I can promise you that Crash has more Nintendo fans then Ridley, K.Rool, and Banjo. Especially Ridley and Banjo considering Nintendo fans don't even BUY their games.
Let me put it another way: Nobody talks about Banjo, K.Rool, or Ridley outside of Smash roster bickering. Meanwhile Crash is one of the most iconic characters in all of gaming despite not being in the game.
Crash is famous for being unquestionably popular in Japan. He's one of the few western gaming mascots to actually succeed and become MASSIVE in Japan. The N.Sane trilogy sold great over there.
Honestly? You have let the circlejerk of this TINY insular website cloud your perspective.
But while Crash Bandicoot is an icon in gaming, He likely doesn't mean as much to the Nintendo fanbase overall than the Playstation fanbase, Fans who grew up with the N64 in the mid-late 90's era got their platforming fix from Mario, Donkey Kong and Banjo-Kazooie, While fans who grew up with the PS1 got their platforming fix from Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon.
I'll agree that Crash is a bigger name than Banjo seeing how the PS1 outsold the N64 about 3-1 thus giving him much more exposure and Crash predates the bear and bird by 2 years, But Smash fans (Especially the hardcore ones) are mainly Nintendo fans who care and favor 1st/2nd Party franchises more which is why Banjo-Kazooie despite now being a 1st Party Microsoft Xbox Character and 3rd Party overall is still viewed as a Nintendo character because of their origins and originally being a 1st/2nd Party Nintendo Character back in the late 90's-early 2000's.
Bottom Line: Despite not being as big as Crash, Banjo-Kazooie means a lot more to Nintendo's history and their fans than Crash Bandicoot does and that's why they were so massively demanded, The same can be said for King K. Rool (Donkey Kong) and Ridley (Metroid).
I think it's a little unfair to pit Crash against King K. Rool and Ridley on popularity seeing how the main character is always overall more well known than the villain, While it's obvious that Crash is bigger than those 2, But that's like saying Donkey Kong is more popular than Dr. Neo Cortex.
When Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale was announced other than Sony's current lineup of 1st Party Characters and franchises, The one character that everybody was asking for and was the most glaring omission from the roster was Crash Bandicoot, No surprise considering he was the de facto mascot for the original Playstation, He was their "Mario" and help make the Playstation brand what it is today.
But when it comes to Super Smash Bros Crash is in Nintendo Territory and doesn't really have the benefit of appealing to fans who grew up and has stiffer competition, There are good chunk of Nintendo fans who like Crash Bandicoot and probably grew up with him to a certain extent like playing their games at a friend house like I did, But I think some still see him as just another 3rd Party Character even though he's still a pretty big name.